Strasbourg-based Happy Design Studio created the unique and original livery for the French Air Force Dassault Rafale solo display aircraft, one of the leading displays at the 2011 Paris Air Show.
Happy Design Studio creates and designs aircraft livery designs, not just for military aircraft but also for commercial aircraft, business aircraft, private jets and helicopters.
The livery that appears on two of the French Air Force’s Rafales was debuted at Saint-Dizier in June and shows the fictional character ‘le petit Prince’, written by French author Saint Exupery. He served in the French Army at Base Aerienne 113 Saint Dizier, the current home of the largest number of Rafales in France.
Happy Design Studio was invited to create a livery for the Rafale to celebrate 30,000 hours of flying by the aircraft from the base. Designer Didier Wolff saw the opportunity to pay tribute to Saint Exupery by representing ‘le petit prince’ on the tail. The aircraft was featured on the cover of the September issue of AirForces Monthly.
This is not the first occasion that Happy Design Studio has been involved with military aircraft. Earlier this year the Studio was chosen to create the livery for the EC 1/12 Cambresis Mirage 2000C for the 50th Anniversary of the NATO Tiger Association.
Speaking about the design, Didier Wolff said: “It was a great honour to be asked to create a design for the Rafale, especially as it is for such a prestigious occasion, the celebration of 30,000 flight hours. I am delighted that visitors to Saint-Dizier and subsequently le Bourget had the opportunity to take a close look at the aircraft.”
The Rafale was also seen at the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford in July and MAKS 2011 in August.